Young drivers in Bury, Greater Manchester, have been given the opportunity to win free driving lessons at a local fire station as part of a Safer Young Driver Scheme.
The course, which has been developed and organised by Paul Simpson, fire officer at Ramsbottom Fire Station, is open to anyone (aged 16 to 25) who is learning to drive or who has recently passed their test.
Participants of the scheme will take part in presentations, discussions, quizzes, demonstrations, and practical exercises covering a range of road safety themes that are relevant to young drivers. They will learn about the dangers of alcohol and drugs as well as other distractions such as music, mobile phones and friends.
In addition to this, the participants will also have the opportunity to work through useful exercises covering hazard perception, show and tell (under the bonnet), first aid, crash reconstruction and learn about what ‘makes and breaks’ a good driver.
Paul Simpson said: “Too many young people have been killed or injured on our roads. Working with our partner agencies, we hope that this course will influence young people to have a safer attitude towards driving and give them the relevant information to help make correct decisions behind the wheel.”
The Safer Young Driver Scheme is supported by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Bury Council Road Safety Team, Ramsbottom Neighbourhood Policing Team, and North West Ambulance Service as well as local representatives of Red Driving School, the IAM and the RAC.
The course enables those wanting to find out more about learning to drive or to gain more confidence and understanding of what it takes to be a safer driver, to meet with relevant agencies and discuss different issues with their peers.
In order to be entered into the prize draw for the free driving lessons, participants must attend at least three of the four two hour evening sessions.
Ted Booker, RSO for Bury Council, said: “Paul has taken on a huge task organising this scheme and ensuring the support of other services. We are very pleased with how the first two courses have been received and how the young people attending have benefitted from the course.”
For more information contact Ted Booker on 0161 253 5786.